The Caldyanup Trail is a moderate 1.6 kilometre loop trail around the base of the granite mass in Mount Frankland National Park near Walpole. This lovely trail winds through one of the best granite and karri areas in Australia’s South West.
Dominated by an impressive granite peak, Mount Frankland National Park covers approximately 31,000 hectares of karri, jarrah and tingle forest as well as expanses of treeless heathland.
Named after the Noongar word for Mount Frankland, this moderate walk circumnavigates the base of the granite mass through shady karri forest allowing a closer look at this unique environment. You may choose to follow this trail on your descent from the summit as an alternative route to the Towerman’s Hut and picnic area. A good level of fitness is recommended and be aware that the granite sections may be slippery.
Gas barbecues and picnic tables are provided at the Towerman’s Hut about 100m from the carpark. Check out the hut and learn about the life of a towerman. Find out if you would have possessed the qualifications to become a towerman in 1950.
Mount Frankland National Park is home to a rich array of birds, from eagles that soar high above the peak to colourful fairy wrens and robins that flit through the forest. Spring and early summer are the best times for birdwatching. Although the park has never been fully surveyed for birds, more than 50 species are likely to occur here.
Mount Frankland National Park is just one of seven national parks in the 363,000 hectare land that is the ‘Walpole Wilderness’. It’s also one of three major sites that form the ‘Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre’.
Mount Frankland is located 28km north of Walpole. Follow North Walpole Road for 21km and then turn right into Mount Frankland Road and follow for a further 7km. Please note that Mount Frankland Road and part of North Walpole Road are unsealed. Mount Frankland can also be accessed from the South West Highway via Beardmore Road (unsealed). When you reach North Walpole Road turn left and travel 500m, before turning right into Mount Frankland Road.